Ayudha Puja holds a very important part in the Navaratri festival. It is celebrated on the 9th of Navaratri festival. After the 8 days of Navaratri of fights between Goddess Durga Devi and Mahishasur, people keep aside one day to pray for the tools and instruments that are used for their daily living. This is what Ayudha Puja is all about.
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Ayudha Puja 2019 is on October 07 Monday
2 months and 15 days to go for the event
When is Ayudha Puja celebrated?
It is celebrated on the last day of Navratri and before Dussehra. In many places, it is also named as South Saraswati Puja.
Significance of Ayudha Puja
As per mythology, the demon Mahishasura and his group of other demonswere believed to be slain by Chamundaswari. So, this victory is celebrated on Ayudha Puja.
Another mythological belief is that Arjuna his tools in a tree while he was in exile. Then later on a day before Vijayadashmi, he collected his tools and went for the war at Kurukshetra. History shows that he had won the war and from then on, people keep one day aside to bless all items that are used for daily living.
Then the day after that it is taken to start new work and that day is named as Vijayadashami (Dussehra).
Rituals of Ayudha Puja
After the eighth day of Navaratri, all the weapons and tools are placed in front of the Goddess to gain her blessings and favour. Whatever tool or equipment needs to be blessed, will have to be cleaned, polished before presenting to the Goddess.
Then a mix of fresh turmeric and sandalwood paste is prepared and a tilak is placed in the centre of the tool. Prior to the celebration, they are arranged on a platform and decorated with flowers.
For students, this is a time, when they can keep books and all their study material for receving blessings to perform well. Devotees should take care that these items should not be disturbed and bhajans and pujas should be conducted during the whole time.
Which Goddesses are given importance on Ayudha Puja?
For the Ayudha Puja, Saraswati (The Goddess of Wisdom), Parvati( The Divine Mother) and last Lakshmi Devi (The Goddess of Wealth) is given importance on this day.
Important Timings On Ayudha Puja
|Sunrise||October 07, 2019 6:24 AM|
|Sunset||October 07, 2019 6:05 PM|
|Navami Tithi Starts||October 06, 2019 10:54 AM|
|Navami Tithi Ends||October 07, 2019 12:38 PM|
|Sandhi Puja Muhurta||October 07, 12:14 PM - October 07, 1:02 PM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More|
Ayudha Puja festival dates between 2016 & 2026
|2016||Monday, 10th of October|
|2017||Friday, 29th of September|
|2018||Thursday, 18th of October|
|2019||Monday, 7th of October|
|2020||Sunday, 25th of October|
|2021||Thursday, 14th of October|
|2022||Tuesday, 4th of October|
|2023||Monday, 23rd of October|
|2024||Saturday, 12th of October|
|2025||Wednesday, 1st of October|
|2026||Tuesday, 20th of October|